Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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Give up Hope

by Red_Fan games - Compo Entry

Controls on start screen of the game.
ATTENTION LINUX USERS: You will need love2d 0.9.0 or higher to run this game!

ATTENTION WINDOWS USERS: Run Game.exe included in the zip file.

Thanks and have fun! :)

By giving hope to either side of the screen you change the people on that sides' speed. Use This to press a button to get to the next level. There are five levels in total.

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refreshgames says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:57pm

Nice twist on a puzzle platformer there, cool background music. The game seemed to get stuck on level 4 for me even when both sides touched the buttons (pretty close to) simultaneously, one of the more Innovative games I've played so far.

BTW, I used GBDK to create my Gameboy game, some quick googling should get you started if you're interested :)

Steven Miller says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:00pm

Really great concept and great puzzles. Really clever use of the theme.

BoltKey says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:28pm

Clever concept, but could have been executed better. As it is, you just kind of stop with one guy on a button, and don't have to really play with the speed.

Reggianito says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:43pm

Really short, but fun and creative. Would love to see more.

Blake_Lead says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:45pm

smart ! I liked this game. thanks

jigalx says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:01am

Windows claims to detect a virus in this for me and automatically deletes the zip file :(

josefnpat says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:24am

Neat puzzle-like game. The use of colors didn't fair well with my eyes :(

Xinelu says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:55am

Remember my old Atari, 5 stars!

fluidvolt says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:53am

Unique idea, giving hope to these downtrodden rectangles. I really like that rgb pixel effect too, even if they were a bit too strong for my eyes.

qwetro says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:07am

Great mechanic, I love it! But the graphic is too poor, making me trouble understanding that the white boxes are actually buttons, haha.

AsixJin says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:09am

A nice and quick little puzzler. I enjoyed it and kinda wish there was more. Wish there was a pause between levels though.

OwT says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:21am

I gave up hope that game will be running for me. Maybe I will try later :)

Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:27pm

Great job. Interesting concept, just wish it had been a bit trickier :)

kirbytails7 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:44am

I can't get the executable since Microsoft thinks there's a Trojan associated with the download. =/

Dec 20, 2015 @ 7:50pm

Nice music and concept, the art style was interesting but the colour separation made the text painful to read. Good though, neat little puzzles and it was very intuitive.

acotis says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 9:39pm

Huh, really cool concept. I had a hard time understanding what to do, though. What makes a level restart? Pressing buttons out of order?

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